Bat Rules for Spring 2019

USA Bats for Cal Ripken

Updated Sunday February 24, 2019 by South Williamson Baseball.

Cal Ripken and most of youth baseball organization have adopted the new USA bat rules for Spring. When purchasing a bat make sure it has the USA Baseball logo on the handle.  The new barrel may be a diameter of 2 5/8. 

Below is the penalty for use of illegal bats during the season.

  • If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
  • A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out.  No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand.  This is an appeal play.  The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
  • Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game. 




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